United Nations sets $246 million for 2019 development assistance


By Faith Kamtambe:

As part of implementing the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), the United Nations (UN) has set aside $246 million to be used in implementing development projects in the country.

In September last year, Malawi signed the new UNDAF with the UN that will be used as a collective vision and response of the UN system to Malawi’s national development priorities.


The agreement, which will run from this year to 2023, has a resource envelope of $1,088,348,001, of which $346,830,601 is expected to be available while $741,517,400 will be mobilized.

Speaking at the signing ceremony in Lilongwe on Monday, UN Resident Coordinator Maria Jose Torres, said the UNDAF requires modalities for its implementation on a yearly basis.

“The work-plans will enhance coordination and coherence in the work of the UN system in Malawi in supporting the government of Malawi to successfully implement its development priorities in the MGDS [Malawi Growth and Development Strategy] III,’’ she said.


Chief Secretary to the Government, Lloyd Muhara, said, considering that the government has localized Sustainable Development Goals into the national development strategy, the implementation of the work-plans would significantly contribute to the achievement of development aspirations of Malawians.

“The three pillars are well aligned to our development objectives as outlined in the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) III,” he said.

The framework succeeds the UNDAF, which run from 2012 to 2016 and was extended for two more years to cover 2017 and 2018.

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